"I thought my mom got me these as a joke."
I asked my mom to get my micro-spikes and this is what she got me. She thought because they said pro they would work but they're practically a placebo. These do nothing if you're hiking up an icy hill. Maybe if you're walking out to mail box or going to brunch with the gals but if you intend to hike any real mountains buy real microspikes.
My son recently fell on some ice and broke his arm while we were taking our dog for a walk. I purchased these for the whole family to help prevent future injuries. With these on our shoes and boots, we don't slip at all, even on ice covered sidewalks going up steep hills. My son tends to scuff his feet a lot when he walks and they have held up nicely so far.